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So You Want To Jump On The Quinoa Bandwagon

Danelle Cheney

You've probably been thinking What is this QUINOA stuff everyone is talking about? Should I actually try cooking it at home?

The answers are quinoa (keen-wah) is a seed that is prepared like some of our staple grains (think rice) but more quickly (which is great, because we'd frankly rather be reading Gawker than cooking right now). It does amazing things for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as a side or main dish, in salads, scrambles, anything that tickles your fancy. And YES, you should try cooking it at home – it's surprisingly easy.

Just rinse, and boil for 15 minutes or soak for 4-5 hours. The germ will separate from the seed part which puffs up and become almost translucent. Trust a girl who has a hard time cooking rice – this superfoody-staple is easy to prepare and makes you look like a fancy kitchen master know-it-all.

If you need a good recipe to get you in the "quinoa mood," we highly recommend this easy salad from The World of Food and Cooking.

Our optional ingredients: almonds, cranberry-raisins, diced red or yellow bell peppers, kale, chicken.